The Palgrave Handbook of Volunteering, Civic Participation, and Nonprofit Associations

  • David Horton Smith
  • David Horton Smith
  • David Horton Smith
  • David Horton Smith
  • David Horton Smith
  • Robert A. Stebbins
  • Jurgen Grotz
  • Jurgen Grotz

Table of contents

  1. Internal Processes of Associations

    1. John G. McNutt, Lori A. Brainard, Primoz Kovacic, Yingying ZENG
      Pages 1060-1073
    2. Eva More-Hollerweger, Woods Bowman, Beata Gavurova, Helena Kuvikova, Tye-kyu Park
      Pages 1074-1090
    3. Robert J. Bresler, Svitlana Krasynska, Aries A. Arugay, Alexei Pikulik, David H. Smith
      Pages 1093-1115
  2. External Environments of Associations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1091-1091
    2. Howard J. Wiarda, Paul Adams, LAM Wai-man, Dwight Wilson
      Pages 1116-1138
    3. Karla W. Simon, Oonagh B. Breen, Alexey Avtonomov, Noshir Dadrawala, Samiul Hasan, David H. Smith
      Pages 1139-1161
    4. Gabriel Berger, Leopoldo Blugerman, Chao GUO, Rumen Petrov, David H. Smith
      Pages 1162-1185
    5. René Bekkers, Irina Mersianova, David H. Smith, Samir Abu-Rumman, Michael Layton, Krishna Roka
      Pages 1186-1209
    6. David H. Smith, Brent Never, John Mohan, Lionel Prouteau, Lars Torpe
      Pages 1210-1238
    7. David H. Smith, Brent Never, Lars Torpe, Samir Abu-Rumman, Amer K. Afaq, Steffen Bethmann et al.
      Pages 1241-1283
  3. Scope and Impacts of Volunteering and Associations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1239-1239
    2. John Wilson, Joonmo Son, David H. Smith, Jurgen Grotz
      Pages 1284-1311
    3. Sharon Eng, David H. Smith, Abdulnabi H. Al-Ekry, Eleanor L. Brilliant, Gianfranco Farruggia, Lisa Faulkner et al.
      Pages 1331-1359
    4. David H. Smith, Robert A. Stebbins
      Pages 1363-1388
  4. Conclusions and Future Prospects

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1361-1361
    2. David H. Smith, Robert A. Stebbins, Colin Rochester
      Pages 1391-1414
  5. Appendix

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1389-1389
    2. More-Hollerweger Eva, Bowman Woods, Gavurova Beata, Kuvikova Helena, Park Tye-kyu
      Pages E1-E1

About this book


Written by over 200 leading experts from over seventy countries, this handbook provides a comprehensive, state-of-the-art overview of the latest theory and research on volunteering, civic participation and nonprofit membership associations. The first handbook on the subject to be truly multinational and interdisciplinary in its authorship, it represents a major milestone for the discipline. Each chapter follows a rigorous theoretical structure examining definitions, historical background, key analytical issues, usable knowledge, and future trends and required research. The nine parts of the handbook cover the historical and conceptual background of the discipline; special types of volunteering; the major activity areas of volunteering and associations; influences on volunteering and association participation; the internal structures of associations; the internal processes of associations; the external environments of associations; the scope and impacts of volunteering and associations; and conclusions and future prospects.

This handbook provides an essential reference work for third-sector research and practice, including a valuable glossary of terms defining over eighty key concepts. Sponsored by the International Council of Voluntarism, Civil Society, and Social Economy Researcher Associations (ICSERA;, it will appeal to scholars, policymakers and practitioners, and helps to define the emergent academic discipline of voluntaristics.


Volunteering citizen participation voluntary associations membership associations voluntaristics influences on volunteering and participation history of associations theories of associations and volunteering typologies of associations and volunteering serious leisure leisure and volunteering Leisure General Activity Pattern/LGAP social capital social networks and associations hybrid associations informal volunteering stipended transnational and national service volunteering tourism volunteering online volunteering and cyber-associations capital demography environment Nation nature participation pluralism service society technology tourism Tradition Transnational trust

Authors and affiliations

  • David Horton Smith
    • 1
  • David Horton Smith
    • 2
  • David Horton Smith
    • 3
  • David Horton Smith
    • 4
  • David Horton Smith
    • 5
  • Robert A. Stebbins
    • 6
  • Jurgen Grotz
    • 7
  • Jurgen Grotz
    • 8
  1. 1.Boston CollegeChestnut HillUSA
  2. 2.National Research University Higher School of EconomicsMoscowRussia
  3. 3.University of East AngliaNorwichUK
  4. 4.City University LondonLondonUK
  5. 5.Institute for Philanthropy, Tsinghua UniversityBeijingChina
  6. 6.University of CalgaryCanada
  7. 7.Institute for Volunteering Research, National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO)UK
  8. 8.University of East AngliaNorwichUK

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